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Murkowski’s nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing today when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat during an election season announced support for President Donald Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa ...

1 million could lose power as California winds whip up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California officials urged residents to leave homes in the hills, secure backyard furniture and other loose items and have an evacuation plan ready ahead of powerful winds that could lead to widespread electricity outages and leave more than 1 million people in ...

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world's dominant social media ...

More details released on Donald Trump Jr. visit

YOUNGSTOWN -- Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, will headline a rally Monday in Youngstown for his father's re-election campaign. The Trump campaign today made official what was reported a few days ago that Trump Jr. would be at the Maronite Center at 1555 S. Meridian Road. The ...

Fri. 10:32 a.m.: Confederate monument removed from Alabama courthouse

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A 115-year-old Confederate monument that was the subject of protests in Alabama this year was removed from outside a county courthouse this morning. News outlets reported that a small group of onlookers cheered at the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville as crews ...

Fri. 10:07 a.m.: Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

ALMERE, Netherlands (AP) — A bright yellow helicopter rose into a blue sky today carrying a COVID-19 patient from the Netherlands to a German intensive care unit, the first such international airlift since the global pandemic first threatened to swamp Dutch hospitals in the spring. The ...

Fri. 9:52 a.m.: Resentment, smoke linger in Nigeria’s streets after unrest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Resentment lingered with the smell of charred tires today as Nigeria's streets were relatively calm after days of protests over police abuses, as authorities barely acknowledged reports of the military killing at least 12 peaceful demonstrators earlier this ...

Fri. 8:32 a.m.: UN says Libyan sides sign countrywide cease-fire deal

GENEVA (AP) — The rival sides in Libya's conflict signed a permanent cease-fire today after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two. But skepticism over whether the agreement would hold began emerging soon after a ceremony to mark what the United Nations called a ...

Trump Jr. expected in Valley on Monday

Donald Trump Jr., the oldest son of the president, is expected to headline a campaign rally Monday in the Mahoning Valley, according to sources. The details are still being finalized, but the location is expected to be the Maronite Center on South Meridian Road in Youngstown, sources say. ...

Trump orders review of Delphi salaried pensions

WARREN -- President Donald Trump took executive action today to help a group of Delphi salaried retirees who lost a large chunk of their pensions when the auto parts manufacturer went bankrupt. He ordered the U.S. secretaries of Labor, Commerce and Treasury to review whether the Pension ...

Thu. 9:38 a.m.: GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett despite Dems’ boycott

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate as Republicans powered past Democrats' boycott of the session. Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP's rush to install ...

Thu. 8:51 a.m.: US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — ‎U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of threatening but fake emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states in a late-stage efforts to sway public opinion and interfere in the presidential election. Purportedly from far-right, ...

Thu. 8:39 a.m.: Czechs enter 2nd lockdown to avoid health system collapse

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs had been assured it wouldn't happen again. But amid a record surge of coronavirus infections that's threatening the entire health system with collapse, the Czech Republic is adopting today exactly the same massive restrictions it slapped on citizens in the spring. Prime ...

Thu. 8:35 a.m.: Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China extended a controversial accord on bishop nominations today over strong opposition from the White House and conservative Catholics given Beijing's crackdown on religious believers. The Holy See and Beijing government jointly announced a two-year ...

Wed. 11:46 a.m.: OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials ...

Wed. 10:52 a.m.: Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered today at the Rome Film Festival. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares ...

Wed. 8:47 a.m.: Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism

ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways today despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behavior and the example he is setting. Francis shunned a face ...